Today's daily roundup of stories that caught my attention focuses on Kollin Vaught's faceoff achievement and a pair of stories that focus on players overcoming heart troubles to return to the field.
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Kollin Vaught from Central York (Pa.) won the 1,000th faceoff of his career last night. I’m still working to gather his career totals, but the senior has won 82 percent of his opportunities the last two seasons.
Vaught has won 88 percent of his chances this season - winning 264 of 300. As a junior, he went 381-for–486.
I have yet to truly dig into gathering career faceoff stats since I just started collecting the information this season, but I only have one other player with 1,000 career wins. Ashton Wood from Nease (Fla.) won 1,019 in his career from 2015 to 2018. He won 75.93 percent of his chances.
We just witnessed history tonight. Congrats to Kollin Vaught @KVaught31 for winning his 1000th faceoff. That’s not a typo 1k wins in his high school career. Add in his team has won over 32+ straight YAIAA games. Kollin just keep grinding @CBrandstedter pic.twitter.com/CWSy97egeM
— Team Lacrosse (@team_lacrosse) May 10, 2018
Paint Branch (Md.) junior Jason Heeley won the 500th faceoff of his career last night. It came in a 16 of 19 night for the Panthers. Heeley has won 60.64 percent of his chances through three years, improving his win percentage every season. He won 58 percent as a sophomore and has increased that to 74 percent this season.
— PB Lacrosse (@PB_Lacrosse) May 10, 2018
From The Heart
A couple feel-good stories caught my attention today.
There’s a really bad pun in here about tugging at heartstrings with these next two stories …
Jonah Barney wanted to go back to bed. He didn’t want to drive to Philadelphia with his parents to meet with yet another heart surgeon at yet another hospital. He didn’t want to talk about more options for his upcoming open-heart surgery. And he definitely did not want to be awake at 5 a.m. at his family’s house in West Manheim Township in order to commute to Penn Medicine for an 8 a.m. appointment. – Full story: York Daily Record
The second one is from New York:
As a youngster, Alex Johnson knew he had a passion for lacrosse.
Then, after he developed heart problems which in the early stages could have been life-threatening, he was also faced with the prospect of never playing sports again. But ultimately, after several years of battling the condition, this season Johnson has returned to the sport as a senior on Carthage’s boys lacrosse team. Full story: Watertown Daily Times
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